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Feb. 17, 2011 — New Port Richey

Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies and New Port Richey Police Department officers stopped a car for a minor violation at a location known for drug activity.

Three of the four occupants obeyed orders to get out. The fourth, passenger Jason A. Wilson, 29, refused to leave the car.

Authorities said he grabbed a gun next to him fired once at the officers, who returned fire. Read more

Deputy Paul Downey and Officer Anthony Pedrero each fired 11 times. Wilson was struck eight times and killed.

The deputy and officer were cleared by the State Attorney's Office.

This was the 22nd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Three days earlier, three officers shot two people in Orlando .

22 days later, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Wilson did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Wilson fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Officers shot 22 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Wilson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Wilson pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.
  6. This shooting came after officers pulled over Wilson for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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